Looking for one more thing to do for Lent that is a one shot deal and doesn’t involve giving up your favorite edibles? This was suggested on one of the podcasts to which I listen and the more I think about it, the better I like it. I think I will give it a shot.
Here it is: Write your obituary. Wait! Hold on. It’s not as morbid as it sounds. Keep reading. So, this is the summation of what you hope people will think of you. What do you hope people will take away from your life? It is very clarifying because you only get about two paragraphs with very little explanation.
When a family comes in to talk about the funeral of a loved one, more often than is comfortable the only things that they come up with is “she liked to gamble,” or “he loved the Indians.” Impressions of passions rise to the fore. It is such a blessing when the family can come in and have something to say about faith or the care that their loved one had for family or the community or something they did that made the world a better place.
So what do you hope your obit says about you? After you have written it, then contemplate what are you doing, what are you emphasizing in your life in order to earn this obituary - would somebody else write this about you?